Perdue Associates Present $308,248 Donation To United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore
March 19, 2019
Salisbury, Md. (March 19, 2019) — Perdue Farms associates presented a check for $308,248 to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore during a presentation on Tuesday, March 19. The contribution includes associate pledges of $207,436 and a $100,812 contribution from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
“We are beyond grateful to have the continued support of Perdue and their associates,” said Pam Gregory, president and CEO of the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. “Each year the team of coordinators give countless hours to ensure the campaign’s success and it’s wonderful to see how Perdue associates continue to give of their time with year round volunteering in our community. With the support of organizations such as Perdue we can continue to provide our neighbors with opportunities in health, education and financial stability. We are truly blessed to have Perdue as a partner.”
Perdue is the No. 1 contributor to the 2018-19 United Way campaign. Perdue associates have contributed more than $5.3 million to the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore since 1994. All the monies contributed by Perdue will remain on the Lower Shore to support crucial programs and services provided by 35 local agencies through 81 programs.
As Perdue campaign co-chair Jennifer Cannon explains, associates representing Perdue facilities in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties helped spread the word about this year’s campaign, inspiring them to give.
“Year after year, a network of Perdue campaign coordinators, along with United Way staff, visit many of our facilities to share stories regarding ways in which the United Way touches the lives of so many people in the community and reinforce how contributions are put to work locally,” she said. “We are fortunate to have so many individuals who take that message to heart and give their money, time and energy to support the United Way mission of enhancing lives in our communities.”
“The generosity and compassion of our associates never ceases to amaze me,” said Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue. “At Perdue, we have been a long-time believer in the United Way’s mission and programs, and our associates have fully embraced the opportunity to respond to the needs of their community through their personal commitment to United Way.”
About The United Way Of The Lower Eastern Shore
Now in its 74th year, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore continues to be a significant source of funding for 81 critical programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester counties. United Way helps Eastern Shore residents obtain Educational Success by reducing the achievement gap between low- and middle-income students, Financial Stability by advancing the economic security of families and individuals in our community, and Good Health by improving access to and awareness of local health and wellness services. In 2018, United Way provided over $1.6 million to community programs and helped to change the lives of over 110,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.unitedway4us.org.
About The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture®.
About Perdue Farms
We’re a fourth-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers and farmers through trusted choices in products and services.
The PERDUE® brand is the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., we’re the largest producer of organic chicken in the U.S., and Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork, and in USDA-certified organic chicken. Learn more at www.perduefarms.com.